Olympus PEN-F Review

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Main Features

  • 20 MP Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
  • 200 - 25600 ISO
  • 5-axis Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 3" Articulated Screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 2360k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 125 x 72 x 37 mm, 427g.
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Olympus PEN-F Overview

First introduced in January, 2016, Olympus PEN-F is a 20 MP Mirrorless with a Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Olympus PEN-F comes with a 17.3 x 13 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 21.64 mm (0.84").

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Sensor resolution of Olympus PEN-F ~ 5157 x 3877 pixels.

Olympus PEN-F has Crop Factor: 2.0

The sensor has a surface area of 224.9 mm².

There are approximate 19,993,689 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Proc and Cons of Olympus PEN-F

Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Olympus PEN-F with competitors in semi-pro mirrorless cameras.

Built-in Wireless
Articulating Screen
External Flash
RAW Support
25600 Max Native ISO
10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
1/8000s Electronic Shutter Speed
Timelapse Recording
81 Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Focus Bracketing
Remote Control with a Smartphone
5-axis Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
Touch Screen
AF Face Detection
20MP High Resolution Sensor
1037k dots Screen Resolution
1/8000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
427g Light Body
2360k dot Viewfinder Resolution
5 AE Bracketing Range
Selfie Friendly Screen
Focus Stacking
No Bluetooth
No Environmental Sealing
No Articulating Screen
Low Battery Life: 330 shots
Type Scores

Olympus PEN-F has an Overall Score of 76/100 and ranked #62 out of 214 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #97 out of 1222 in all cameras.

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Physical Dimensions of Olympus PEN-F

Olympus PEN-F weighs 427g and has external dimensions of 125 x 72 x 37mm (4.92 x 2.83 x 1.46"). Considering that the average weight of Semi-Pro Mirrorless cameras is 444g, Olympus PEN-F is 17 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category. Olympus PEN-F is less by 1mm more than the average length in Semi-Pro Mirrorless.

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Olympus PEN-F

Size Compared to Major Competitors

Model Weight PEN-F Dimensions PEN-F
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Olympus E-M5 II 469 g 427 g 124 x 85 x 45 mm 125 x 72 x 37 mm
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Olympus E-M10 II 390 g 427 g 120 x 83 x 47 mm 125 x 72 x 37 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Panasonic GX8 487 g 427 g 133 x 78 x 63 mm 125 x 72 x 37 mm
Fujifilm X-Pro2 Fujifilm X-Pro2 495 g 427 g 141 x 83 x 56 mm 125 x 72 x 37 mm
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Olympus E-M1 497 g 427 g 130 x 94 x 63 mm 125 x 72 x 37 mm
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Olympus E-M1 II 574 g 427 g 134 x 91 x 67 mm 125 x 72 x 37 mm
Fujifilm X100F Fujifilm X100F 469 g 427 g 127 x 75 x 52 mm 125 x 72 x 37 mm
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Panasonic GX85 426 g 427 g 122 x 71 x 44 mm 125 x 72 x 37 mm

Specifications of Olympus PEN-F

Brand Olympus
Model PEN-F
Announced January, 2016
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens Mount Micro Four Thirds
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 2
Number of Lenses 103
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Articulated
Screen Resolution 1037k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder Electronic
Viewfinder Resolution 2360
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.62
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 81
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/60 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash
Flash Modes Flash Auto, Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (1st curtain), Slow sync (2nd curtain)
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±5 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor Size Four Thirds
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 17.3 x 13 mm
Sensor Area 224.9 mm²
Sensor Resolution 20 MP
Max Image Resolution 5184 x 3888
Max Native ISO 25600
Min Native ISO 200
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 80
Video Features
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Center Weighted
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery Life 330 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model BLN-1
Weight 427 g
Physical Dimensions 125 x 72 x 37 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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